Roughly 200 federal employees lined up on Saturday to utilize five pop-up food distribution centers set up at D.C. grocery stories just for them.
Farther down the line, an Army veteran named Dee said she is having trouble affording both food and medical treatments for a disability. She asked NPR not to use her last name because of her position at a federal agency.
“You want to serve your country,” she said. “Mexico is supposed to be paying for this, but instead we have to pay for it.”
She added that if the shutdown continued, she might also have trouble feeding her dog.
Meanwhile, those food banks are reportedly running out of money trying to serve the recent increase in demand for their services. Here
Wait, don’t federal employees get to collect unemployment during the shutdown? -Dr. Tar